Widely enforced bans on the underwater cleaning of ships with anti-fouling coatings, a major cause of both invasive marine species and toxic pollution around harbours, are being eroded in many European ports. The loosening of controls opens the door to… Continue reading
The world’s commercial shipping fleet, already struggling with the cost of meeting environmental regulations, may be sitting on an even bigger time bomb. Analysis of hull anti-fouling coatings suggests they could be shedding a hitherto unsuspected one million tons… Continue reading
The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, a proposed addition to the U.S. defence bill, risks making the Great Lakes highly vulnerable to aquatic invasive species.
The act proposes to exempt ballast water discharges from the federal Clean Water Act. It also… Continue reading
Friends of the Earth released the 2016 edition of its Cruise Ship Report Card today, documenting the environmental footprint of the cruise industry and grading 17 cruise lines and their 171 ships. The report card, last released in 2014, shows… Continue reading